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The case for Chad Pennington as backup QB

This was a comment on a previous post but it was a late entry

Chad Pennington has the record for the all time highest NFL completion % and who could be a better player-coach for Mark and McElroy. In many ways his game is similar to Mark, so he can understand Mark’s thought process. Plus he is a QB who would not cause us to quake in fear if he had to come into a game. He also has a connection to the Jets and our new OC. He would command instant respect and be a leader in the locker room.

Pennington is perfect, and there will be no hint of a QB controversy. He mentored Henne in Miami.

Pennington explained his philosophy.
"It doesn’t necessarily have to be a 40-yard throw down the field. It can be short or intermediate throws that turn into chunk plays," he said. "Coach (Sparano) recognizes the importance of chunk plays. It allows your offense to breathe a little bit and have more success. In the NFL you can’t methodically move the ball down the field every drive. You need chunk plays to make it a little easier."

"I watched the Jets a little bit on and off this season," he said. "I think the biggest thing for Mark is to use 2011 as a learning experience, really dive into the film this offseason. Learn from the film and just focus totally on the film and the work at hand, and use the year as a steppingstone to getting better. That’s the No. 1 key. You can’t just erase it and move away from it."


Pennington also put on his QB’s hat to remind fans of something else he thinks is important for Sanchez.

"You’ve got to remember he only played one year of college ball as a starter. He’s a young guy, only in his third year in the league. He never had the chance to make mistakes behind closed doors. He’s always been out in front of everybody because he’s been the starter. He must get better and mature. I just think it’s a matter of time. The ball’s in his court."

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